BalletX kicks off its 12th season with the return of Nicolo Fonte’s Beautiful Decay

BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, opens its 2017-18 Season with Nicolo Fonte’s full evening-length work Beautiful Decay at The Wilma Theater, Nov. 29-Dec. 10. The ballet features the company performing alongside a senior couple; a joint role shared by very special guest artists Brigitta Herrmann and Manfred Fischbeck, and Brenda Dixon Gottschild and Hellmut Gottschild. Casting will alternate between the two couples and is posted below with performance dates and times.

Beautiful Decay is a ballet that touched all of our hearts when we premiered the work in 2013,” says Christine Cox, BalletX Artistic & Executive Director. “Its cross-generational dynamic is very life affirming. I felt it was the perfect time to share the work again and a wonderful way to kick off our 12th season of producing world premiere ballets.”

Inspired by a series of Mark Golebiowski’s 3-D photographs of decomposing flowers, Beautiful Decay takes audiences on an intimate journey exploring the aging process and evolving definitions of beauty. Hailed by The Dance Journal as “explosive, athletic dance,” and a “sophisticated meditation on the passing of time,” the work features original sets designed by Mimi Lien (Tony Award Winner, 2015 MacArthur Fellow), costumes by Martha Chamberlain, lighting by Drew Billiau, and music selections from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Max Richter, and Olafur Arnalds. Brooklyn-born Fonte has won critical acclaim for his ballets created on companies around the world, including Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Finnish National Ballet, and Dutch National Ballet, among many others.

The 12-performance run will also feature several BalletX: X-Process events, inviting audiences deeper into the world of contemporary ballet, including a pre-show Conversations with the Artistson opening night; a post-show Q&A on Nov. 30; Young Xers Night on Dec. 7; and a special exhibit of Mark Golebiowski 3-D photographs that inspired the ballet in the Wilma lobby for the duration of the series.

Season subscriptions to BalletX’s 2017/18 Season and single tickets to Fall Series 2017 are available online at, by phone at 215-546-7824, and in person at The Wilma Theater box office at 265 S. Broad Street.

Fall Series 2017 at The Wilma Theater

Dates & Times:

Wednesday, November 29, 8:00 PM *

  • Pre-Show Q&A with Artistic Collaborators, 7:00pm

Thursday, November 30, 8:00 PM +

  • Post-Show Q&A with Choreographers

Friday, December 01, 8:00 PM +

Saturday, December 02, 2:00 PM *

Saturday, December 02, 8:00 PM +

Sunday, December 03, 2:00 PM +

Wednesday, December 06, 8:00 PM +

Thursday, December 07, 8:00 PM *

  • Young Xers Night, 7:00pm

Friday, December 08, 8:00 PM *

Saturday, December 09, 2:00 PM +

Saturday, December 09, 8:00 PM *

Sunday, December 10, 2:00 PM +


* special guests Brigitta Herrmann and Manfred Fischbeck

+ special guests Brenda Dixon Gottschild and Hellmut Gottschild